Beginning Wednesday, November 1 through March 31, those climbing Mount St Helens will need to self register at Jack’s Restaurant in Cougar, Washington to obtain a climbing permit. Climbing permits are not limited during the winter season and no fee is charged from November 1 through March 31.
It's 2006, the modern age. The 21st century. And if you believe the papers and the talk-radio blowhards, there's no end in sight to the level of intrusion by government and beuracracies. Fortunately there are still places where those who want to climb an 8300 foot active volcano on federal land need only sign a slip of paper at a local eatery to do so. I love this state.